Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Sprinter." Or maybe we should call it "Wing."

I have weather wardrobe confusion! My internal gauge says it's spring-o-clock, but the weather itself is all hey let's just keep this winter thing around a while more. So I'm all spring-ed out but still have the tights and boots. Fine with me really except that I have these dolled up high-heeled taupe and lavender t-strap spectators that I'm itching to march around in, but the rain keeps me in boots. Some day. But, really, I'm perfectly happy for the sweater weather until, hmm, until forever.

  • Liz Claiborne silk cardigan with velvet bows/snaps $6
  • Vintage nylon sheer yellow scarf, the kind my mom used to wear. $1
  • White Stag cotton navy blue tank top $4
  • Isaac Mizrahi/Target cotton plaid skirt - orange, yellow, white, blue, more, thrifted/gifted from Allison $0
  • Sweet ivory clip-ons that i got at a flea market on the way home from the inn yesterday $2
  • Skecher butterscotch chunky heel mid-calf boot $10
Not thrifted:
  • Target pale pink tights $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the picture:
  • My damn bra. Which you can't see in the photo but I know it's there. It's like a freaking suit of armor and gave me quite the rack all day. But you can't tell by the photo, so I guess is doesn't count.
Total outfit cost: $30

P.S. This post was fueled by a fantastic lean and green dinner of buffalo wing salad, made with Light Life vegetarian buffalo wings (not the breaded kind), arugula, and "bleu cheese" dressing made from non-fat plain greek yogurt, laughing cow lite blue cheese, and a splash of milk. Fantastic.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Periodic Showing of the Knees

I effing hate my knees. Okay that's not true. It would be silly to hate your knees. They just aren't a particularly good feature. But, I refuse to get so wound about them that I won't wear a cute skirt that is a wee tad shorty for me now and then. If I could just figure out how to not constantly try to pull on the damn skirt in a futile attempt to hide the knees, all would be well.

  • Veetex moss green cableish patterned cardigan $7
  • Random white tshirt $2
  • Mudd chunky heel black boots $10
  • Field Day silkscreened short cotton skirt $6
  • Chunky vintage greenish earrings $2
Not thrifted
  • Target black fishnets $7 (that's two days in a row, yes, it's true)
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the picture:
  • While this short of a skirt is not my favorite thing, it doesn't look awful (I think. Does it? I don't know.). Of course, this picture doesn't capture that I am pretty uncomfortable in the short skirt. I've spent the day so far adjusting and pulling and feeling awkward about the extreme knee showage (which, let's be honest, isn't about my knees. it's about me carrying lots of fat around my knees.). So, while I applaud my trying something new, I'm not sure it's worth feeling uncomfortable.
Total outfit cost: $34

AGE-INAPPROPRIATE HAIRDO ALERT: Yeah, I have those dreads in pigtails, like a five year old. So what?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Free skirt!

My slender and lovely friend Allison sports a totally unique and funky look that I've always admired. So when she said she had two skirts that were too big for her and did I want them I said yes absolutely I do, sight unseen. This is one of them. I did send two cute too small skirts her way so it was a tradesy thing, but I think I made out damn well.

  • Worthington rayon/nylon beige cardigan $4
  • Random black cotton v-neck tshirt $3
  • Merona (I KNOW! MERONA!) greens/beige/black/orange pleated skirt (gifted, but previously thrifted I think) $0
  • Vibram mid-calf lace up boots $24
  • Ton of fake pearls, thrifted and previously owned $4
  • Vintage jewel-y pearl clip-ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Target black fishnets $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I would try not to have a giant effing wrinkle in my skirt when I take a picture.
  • I could probably have used a bright sweater, but I'm at the inn and don't (yet) have duplicates of things here.
Total outfit cost: $44

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Top ten foods that me and my new (old) clothes can't live without

I don't always write about thrift clothings.

See, the whole plan with this here blawwg is this: If I take pictures of myself wearing clothings that I dig, almost every day, I will stay honest. I will make myself publicly accountable (you know, to My LEGIONS of FANS). I will notice when I don't fit into something. I will basically risk public humiliation if I gain the weight back. (What kind of fucked up mentality is that? I know, but hey, it's mine, and it's kind of working for me so there's that).

In other words, the real point of this whole shindig is to keep the nearly 100 pounds I've lost off, for good. It's all terribly embarrassing, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Speaking of which, a girl's gotta eat. I'm transitioning off the hard core part of my diet during which I ate 800 to 1000 calories per day, very little fat, and low-carbs, and now eating a still low-ish everything diet (but more like 1200-1400 calories per day). Lots of green vegetables and lean proteins (which I love so that's not a big deal) and very little pasta/bread/sugar. These are the items that are helping me do it. [UPDATE: a second list is here!]

1. Shiritaki noodles. Do you love pasta? Me too. Pasta is not something I eat anymore. Until I met shiritaki noodles. Oh my. OH MY. They aren't pasta, but I find that they make a fantastic substitute with some spicy tomato sauce and fat-free feta cheese. My advice: rinse the crap out of them, let them dry a bit and squeeze out the liquid before using. You can find them at any good naturalish grocery store or online.

2. Oysters. I never used to like raw oysters, but am damn glad I do now. They feel like a treat. A half dozen dollar oysters at Cafe Rouge with a glass of white wine and I am delighted. They are high in cholesterol though, fyi, but that's not my deal.

3. White wine. Shut up about alcohol and how you shouldn't drink it on a diet blah blah blah. I GAVE UP BEER. I have a glass of white wine almost every day and two on Sundays (or is it SomeDays?). Calorie/carb wise, it's way better than beer, a scosh better than red, but not as good as straight clear liquor (but I can't really drink hard liquor without feeling icky).

4. Arugula. I have always loved arugula, but love it even more now. When you eat a lot of salads, you realize that lettuce is a gigantic bore for the most part but arugula is not. Arugula is a salad party. Arugula is like the potato chip of lettuce. It is delicious.

5. Fat Free Feta Cheese. Salty and fat-free = perfect thing for me. Yes, I know that salt is not a great thing for a lot of people but I am not one of them. I love my salt, and I love my salty cheese. I put this on everything. EVERYTHING.

6. Non-fat greek yogurt. Everyone is into the greek yogurt now and that's cuz it's YUM. I use it for a condiment on, well, everything. Sugar-free jello or grilled halibut. Etc. I add herbs for savory food and nothing for sweet things.

7. Hollyhock dressing. There's this place in Canada called Hollyhock. It's wonderful for lots of reasons but their salad dressing is right up there. It's made with nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, garlic, tamari, veg oil, and water. Buy the cookbook here. The important thing about how I've made this dressing work for me is by substituting a LOT of the oil with fresh tomato. I can't really explain why it works but it does. And it is delicious on salad and vegetables and fish/tofu.

8. PB2. It's funny, I was never much in to peanut butter, but now there is something that feels luxurious about it. This is a powdered substitute with a lot less fat and calories. You mix it with water. The mister hates it, but I really like it and use it (once again) in sweet and savory ways. I add it sort of like a topping to my diet brownie thing (blech) and I mix it with a tablespoon of lite coconut milk and veggie browth to make a sort of satay sauce for tofu or vegetables. I've never seen it in a store, but you can buy it online.

9. Laughing Cow light cheese. LOVE. It is my cheap, accessible, go-to treat. They make it in lots of flavors but I'm a fan of the plain ol' swiss.

10. Krave Jerky. I debated including this, but I'm merely being honest. I would like to be a person who does not eat meat, but I am not. And this jerky is pretty amazing if you're gonna eat meat - Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky, Curry Beef, Honey Chipotle, etc. It's salty but not as bad as most other jerky, and calories and carbs are pretty great on it. Again, it's a treat. But not at all a guilty one for the most part. You can sometimes find it in the store, but online is easy.

That's it people. You may now go forth and have a lovely day.

[UPDATE: a second list is here!]

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Fluevogs

Friday May 27, 2011 - My friend Allison convinced me to buy these pink Fluevog boots at a thrift store in NY last week, and I'm glad she did. They're cool! They fit like a glove and are super comfortable. But, I can't get them on without using my dad's old shoehorn. So when I had to take them off in order to participate in the food fight festivities today (it was an organized food fight and I still have yogurt, flour, and spaghetti behind my ears), I couldn't put them back on. I walked a good number of blocks, took a cab, walked to the train, rode the train, walked more...all in my socks. It was fine! But maybe I should carry a shoehorn when I wear them.

Sorry about the douche-y pose. I have no idea wtf I am doing.

  • Pale pink tshirt that says "RENO" on it. I love me some Reno, and not just cuz my pal Amy is from there. It's just that it's the biggest little city in the world, for real, just like they say. Anyway, the shirt was $3.
  • Black Levis $10
  • Vintage man's blue, black, and burgundy plaid blazer $12
  • Pink Fluevog boots $35
Not thrifted:
  • Old belt $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • My douchey pose, ha ha.
  • It's a Friday getup, for a Friday kind of day. Nothing special! EXCEPT FOR THOSE RAD BOOTS YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF RIGHT THERE.
Total outfit cost: $60

P.S. I can't believe I'm wearing a tshirt that I tucked in with a belt. I even took my jacket off for a while today! Both of which are things that when I was fat(ter), I would never have done. Why? Who cares? I am embarrassed that I wouldn't have done those things in the past and I'm embarrassed that I am now comfortable doing them. Once again, weight is weird. Also, silly.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oh, sigh

Thursday May 26, 2011 - I woke up so sunny today. I'm not sure if it's because I picked out a sunny outfit the night before and I woke up ready for it, or if my sunny outfit made me feel sunny on the inside too.

Gawd I make myself ill sometimes. Sorry.

I found this skirt with the original tags still on it ($65). It's not in style anymore nor old enough to be vintage. But I like it because it has Paris on it and it's pretty much a boring fact that women my age and ilk love Paris. Well, duh. Because it's wonderful!

  • J Crew brown cotton cardigan $7
  • Random white square-necked tee $4
  • Papillon cotton Paris skirt with sequins and silliness $7
  • No Boundaries black patent leather low platform pumps with ankle straps $7
  • Sheer ivory scarf $1
  • Plastic and bakelite bangley bracelets $3
  • Vintage brown jewel earrings $2
Not thrifted:
  • Black patent leather wide belt $6
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo: Umm, nothing. Told you. I felt sunny all the damn day!

Total outfit cost: $37

P.S. Dreadlock Hairdo: Bouffanty behivey thing. FYI.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Alice #3

Wednesday May 25, 2011 - This is the outfit that Alice was totally hopped up on. You can't see in the photo, but she wanted to make sure that I wore beat-up cowboy boots. I did! Promise!

  • J Crew pretty golden ruffle neck cashmere/mix cardigan that I wear as much as damn possible cuz I dig it so much $7
  • Brown fake leather wide belt $2
  • Harve Benard ivory linen slacks $7
  • Beat-up old brown cowboy boots $10
  • Vintagey shiney chunky vaguely greenish earrings $2
Not thrifted:
  • Notations silk green/blue/ivory checked oversized blouse with ruffley v neckline $0 (cuz it's more than a few years old)
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Even if you could see my shoes and all, I'm effing short. Well, no. But, I have thick short-ish legs and that is that. I always feel longer in slacks than I am. Maybe I need to start wearing heels with slacks. Hmmm.
Total outfit cost: $28

P.S. Yes! I am rocking a side bun right there! With dreadlocks! Who knew? Not sure if I'll do this hairdo too often cuz I do have a bucket of hair and I felt like I was listing to the side a bit with all that hair over there today. Also, the mister says it's "interesting" and that I look "old." Huh. You decide:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It was a put my makeup on at 5pm kind of day

Tuesday May 24, 2011 - I carried my makeup around all day intending to put it on. Just knowing it was there was good enough though! If I needed it, I had it. That's all I got people. On to the clothings...

  • NPC Fashions vintage salmon/red western style polyester shirt $5
  • Tee Fury tan t-shirt with lizard illustration $3
  • Ellen Ashley brown/white/beige checked wrap around skirt $7
  • Brown mid-calf Dingo boots $20
  • Brown jewel clip-ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Target beige lacey tights $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • That skirt is a little short for me and wrap around which meant that I spent the whole day showing people my damn thigh. Bah. Not exactly awes.
  • Blurry is good. What oh what is going to happen when I see myself in focus some day when I get this camera situation under control? I'm afraid!
Total outfit cost: $44

P.S. Are you wondering what the hell is going on with the hair? Me too. I only ever see the front - braids, y'know. Pinned uppity. No idea what's happening in the backroom.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dowdy? Snappy?

Monday May 23, 2011 - My folks would have been married 65 years today had they lived (they passed during the past decade). And when I took my picture today I thought I looked like my mother in a weird little way. I mean, she didn't have dreadlocks ha ha, but there's something about the clip-ons and the polka dots that reminds me of her. Of course, with this crapassier-than-usual photograph, you can't freaking see the polka dots but trust me on that one.


  • Flair Fashion lemon yellow thick wool sweater $7
  • Vintagey polyester white with lime green polka dots sleeveless collared top $2
  • Black with tiny pinhead white polka dots straight lined skirt $5
  • No Boundaries black patent leather low platform pumps with an ankle strap $7
  • Cheap little silver chain/white plastic ball necklace $2
Not thrifted:
  • Black patent leather wide belt $6
  • Old silver square clip-ons $0, onaccountof old-ness
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen this photo:
  • I look kind of dowdy. I didn't feel dowdy, I felt snappy! But huh, I look dowdy. Not my best outfit. Bah.
  • Of course I can't see much in this photo so who knows.
Total outfit cost: $29

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Sunday May 22, 2011 - I'm trying something new here. All one color, almost. Also, no tights with my boots. I am So Bold!

I was thrilled to find this skirt at the Novato Goodwill. My friend and I had just seen the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met and among the pretty overwhelming amount of beauty was his way of ugly-pretty. Ripped up, tattered things with gorgeous things. Words fail so I won't try. Anyyyway, you can't tell from my shitey photo, but this skirt is deeply golden, layered and torn and stuff and I LOVE it.

  • Odille golden full-ish cotton skirt $5
  • Harlene golden polyester sleeveless mock turtleneck $2
  • J Crew pretty golden ruffle neck cashmere/mix cardigan $7
  • Brown fake leather wide belt $2
  • Brown mid-calf Dingo boots $20
  • Sheer golden scarf $1
  • Ton of fake pearls, many that I've had forever, $4
  • Vintage jewel-y pearl clip-ons $2
Not thrifted: Nothing! Ha ha!

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I think it would be cool if everything actually was one color, shoes too. Variations on a color, that is. Not entirely matchy.
Total outfit cost: $43

ADDENDUM: I changed the sweater to a different yellow - Flair Fashions, sunny lemon yellow, thick and wool. Now it's a bunch of different yellows and I like it. Better. See:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Running around

Saturday May 21, 2011 - Another sunny saturday at the inn, running around. I was in NY this week with my very stylish friend Allison where we both scored epically at some second hand shops (Fluevog boots!) (Fluevogs!). Also, the boots I've been looking for (another pair of boots) (yes, I bought two pairs of boots in NY and that is on top of the five pairs of shoes I had brought with me) (because I'm an idiot).

  • Christie & Jill silk/cotton crimson cardigan $4
  • Lion Troy man's cream ruffled tuxedo shirt $7
  • Wide brown fake leather belt $2
  • Merrill 40s black wool pencil skirt $20
  • Vibram mid-calf lace up boots $24
Not thrifted:
  • Target black fishnets $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Black skirt, black stockings, black boots. I don't know what to do about this.
  • Red, black, white is a little bit too obvy a combination. I like it, but not crazy enough for me.
Total outfit cost: $64

ADDENDUM: While thrifting today, a lady told me I looked like Coco Chanel which is sort of humorous given that I think she is the one who said you should always take one thing away from your getup and all I ever wanna do is ADD ADD ADD. The lady was sort of maybe kinda not exactly all there but, as a rule, when anyone, no matter how kook-a-loo, tells me I look like Coco Chanel, I accept it as Absolute Truth.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alice outfit, part 2

Wednesday May 18, 2011 - It's springtime, I'm in NYC, it's drizzly, I'm dressed for spring. I strongly considered tights and boots but I had a gig in the am and wanted to fancy it up a scosh. Plus I'm tired of boots and tights and boots and tights! I may regret this decision later, but I'm wearing heelies and bare legs. I don't care that my legs are white and not pretty. I don't! This is the second of four outfits that Alice worked up.

  • Odille indigo tight at the top, swingy at the bottom knee-length skirt $4
  • Random tanky tee $2
  • Gentle Fawn pale blue jacket $9
  • Old green scrunchy scarf used as belt $0
  • Plastic and bakelite bangles $2
  • Pearly bead earrings $2
  • 1962 Seattle World's Fair scarf $1
  • Vintage yellow handbag $12
Not thrifted:
  • Seychelles orange mary janes $20
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Need my red headband, stat!
Total outfit cost: $52

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Styled by Alice

Tuesday May 17, 2011 - On Sunday night my exceptionally stylish and beautiful friend Alice came over, went through my rack, and made me up some outfits. Then she made me promise to take pictures of each of them. She is such a freaking guru of lovely, that I just do what she tells me to do.

  • Black cotton swingy skirt $7
  • Embellished shrug sweater $6
  • Rose embossed belt with silver buckle $2
  • Cordoba cowboy boots, totally wrecked $1
Not thrifted:
  • Floral shirt from the old days $0 (too old)
  • Inheritized pearls $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I think the shrug is a little tight and I feel a bit exposed and adjusty. You know, like I need to keep adjusting and hiding things.
Total outfit cost: $16 THRIFTIEST EVER MAYBE I THINK!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ladies lunch

Sunday May 15 2011 - Book group! Damn, I sure felt a lot taller than I look in these Mary Tyler Moore style slacks (full on elastic waist, thick pantsuit, polyester, plaid as hell). I think that's because they're so incredibly high waisted. I love thick polyester. LOVE.

  • Christenfeld black/brown/orange polyester slacks $7
  • Tsesay butter cashmere twin set $7
  • Woven belt $2
  • Chunky heel black boots $10
  • Plastic and bakelite bracelets $2
Not thrifted:
  • What Time Is It Deer Watch Necklace, ModCloth, $25
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I would like to look more like the picture in my head. Not because I'm seventeen times more hip-alicious, but because I just dig the seventies chick's whole entire vibe. See below.
Total outfit cost: $53

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Public Humiliation is RAD!

Saturday May 14, 2011 - So, thank you for coming to this here blog and participating in my experiment in public humiliation as a way to maintain weight loss. See, if I talk incessantly about weight loss and put pictures up in which I have lost weight, my theory is that I will then be too embarrassed to gain it back. By reading this here blog, you are a part of my grand experiment! Psych! You thought this was all about cheap clothes, ha ha! Speaking of which,

  • Random putty tshirt $2
  • Evan Picone tweedy tans pencil skirt $6
  • Brown fake leather wide belt $2
  • Koret of California heavy polyester shirt $4
    (you can't see the details on this shirt but please know it's everything you ever wanted from a 60s pantsuit you bought at Montgomery Wards) (Sometimes I do not even wear a cardigan)
  • Brown mid-calf Dingo boots, $20
  • 1962 Seattle World's Fair scarf (see the extreme adorability below!) $1
  • If it gets nippy out this evening I will add the brown Sears Fashion Fun Fur that I bought for 50 cents!
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Tights that blend into skirt, blah. I think I would like some bright red or mustard tights to make this slightly more crazytime.
Total outfit cost: $49

Friday, May 13, 2011

Stripes and florals

Friday May 13, 2011 - I dig that whole stripe and floral thing. And I'm trying not be so dang matchity match all the time, which stripe + floral represents handily.

So, yeah, I don't care about brands. But I list labels because I love getting deals on things that are usually very expensive and because, umm, other people who blog about the clothings do and I am a follower.

  • Mudd chunky heel black boots $10
  • Larry Levine ivory linen swing skirt $7
  • Chaps/Ralph Lauren black and white striped tshirt $4
  • J Crew mustard cashmere/mix cardigan $7
  • Red/white/cream/black tapestry belt w/silver buckle $2
  • Vintage wooden bead clip on earrings $2
Not thrifted:
  • Black lacey tights from Target $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen this photo:
  • I should probably wear cute wedges with this versus boots and tights but I'm running around today and the boots are just more practical.
Total outfit cost: $39


Thursday May 12, 2011 - Well, I like autumn and winter better. Cuz, y'know, I like to wear a sweater, aka a cardigan. Duh. But even I swoon to the tune of sunshine occasionally. Like today. Prettttty.

  • Cotton Traders light blue cardigan $4
  • Joseph A. dark brown knit top $4
  • Vintage white plastic flower choker/necklace $14
  • Naturalizer brown ankle strap wedges $10
Not thrifted:
  • Homemade skirt from scrap fabric (by me!) $0
    (Pattern from Sew Serendipity, this skirt is the one on the cover)
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I think it's time to say see ya to this cardigan. I love the color, but it's just a boring shapeless sweater. Not special enough.
  • This skirt is a little big and not all that flattering.
  • I didn't like the shoes while I was wearing 'em, but I think they look like the right shoe in the picture. Victory!
Total outfit cost: $32

P.S. Did you want to see a closeup of that cute necklace choker situation? I thought so. It is very sweet indeed.

Little black dress! Something I never thought I'd ever wear!

Wednesday May 11, 2011 - I remember the day that I saw this dress at the local hospice thrift store. I bought it because it was $5, but I wasn't sure I'd ever wear it. A curve hugging tiny looking dress? Uh, no. Also, HA HA. But, it was wool, fifty years old, and in perfect condition. For $5! So I bought it.

The first time I wore it I added an oversized cardigan that I buttoned up. But, dudes, the dress is wool. I was hot. So, I had to take off the damn sweater at a certain point. And, turns out, well, nothing. It's just a dress, my body is my body, and none of that matters to anyone. Not even me! I have a belly, a rack, hips, thighs, you know, girl parts. More than some, less than others. Whatever, whatever, whatever.

Annnnnnywho. Fast forward to today's costume involving aforementioned little black dress.

  • Vintage Carol Brent black wool dress $5
  • Chunky heeled mid calf boots with criss cross stitching on the sides $7
  • Beige cross-hatch pattern cardigan $4
  • Pendleton 50th anniversary retro style scarf $5
  • Plastic and bakelite bracelets $5
  • Vintage wooden bead clip on earrings $2
Not thrifted:
  • Beige lacey tights from Target $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I have no idea how to wear a damn scarf. Little ones, fine. Big ones like this ond with pictures on it? No idea. See how cute it is in the photo below? Really cute!
  • Belt? Belt? Should I wear a belt? I DON'T KNOW. HELP.
Total outfit cost: $35

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A little bit rock n roll

Tuesday May 10, 2011 - I think I used to wear jeans and tshirts a lot. But when you're fat, it's really easy for jeans and tshirts to look sort of messy versus merely casual. Or at least that's what I thought. So I stopped.

I'm trying that whole look on again, starting with my SUPER RAD ELVIS COSTELLO TSHIRT. To complete the whole aging rocker look, I paired it with yesterday's make-up. Pretty.

  • Black Levis $10
  • Vintage man's blue, black, and burgundy plaid blazer $12
Not thrifted:
  • Elvis Costello tour tshirt $30
  • Dr Martens mary janes that I've had for at least ten years which is beyond the statute of limitations for pricing on this blog, therefore $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • You can't see my ankles and feet because a) I am a crap photographer and b) I wasn't pleased with the whole feet area of this outfit. I think I should have worn creepers with white socks instead of mary janes with black socks. I don't know though, cuz I'm kind of always at loss about what shoes to wear with jeans. I like heels but hate that heels-with-jeans look that everyone wears. I think I need a pair of honest-to-goodness combat boots because they DO go with EVERYTHING in my book, but they are hard to come by at thrift stores.
  • Tuck in the shirt? Maybe.
  • I'm still not so sure about jeans and tshirts. I still feel, hmmm, lumpy in them.
Total outfit cost: $52

p.s. yes, I'm gonna stop taking pictures with my cell phone someday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Declan and me

Monday May 9, 2011 - The mister took me to see Elvis Costello. It was Epic! We had So Much Fun! I wore a Special Occasion Outfit.

Enough with the capitalization. Sorry 'bout that.

  • Random white tshirt $2
  • Red (acrylic!!!) embellished cardigan (I never buy acrylic sweaters, but this one has proven to be indispensable!) $7
  • Odille indigo tight at the top, swingy at the bottom knee-length skirt $4
  • No Boundaries black patent leather low platform pumps with an ankle strap (turns out, I think, that this is a Walmart brand - who knew? Also, the ankle strap was missing when I bought them so I improvised with a piece of black elastic) $7
  • Plastic and bakelite bracelets $5 (total)
  • Vintage blue plastic bead clip-ons $2
  • 1965 Seattle World's Fair scarf (I ADORE THIS) $1
  • Black patent leather wide belt, $1
Not thrifted: NOTHING, YAY!

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen this photo:
  • I think the belt looked cute but it was crapppppy and I ended up throwing it away in the restroom because it kept falling off
  • Other than that, nothing!
Total outfit cost: $29 (Extra Awesome And Demanding Of Title Case Accolades!)

I really liked this outfit. So did Elvis Costello, which I know because he picked me out of the crowd to come up on the stage and hang out and also dance in a cage. Proof:

Hippie Heidi

Sunday May 8, 2011 - Hippie Heidi is what my friend calls this getup. Even though I have dreadlocks, and like peace and stuff, I'm really not a hippie. But, whatevs!

  • Random white tshirt $2
  • George black cardigan with pearl buttons, $7
  • Chunky heeled mid calf boots with criss cross stitching on the sides $7
  • Vintage bandanna for a headband, $1
  • Plastic and bakelite bracelets, $5
Not thrifted:
  • Black fishnets, Target $7
  • Horsing Around Skirt, ModCloth, $58
  • What Time Is It Deer Watch Necklace, ModCloth, $25
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • This skirt is a little big on me now and I should take it in. It's also not very flattering because of the gathers and volume. But, I still LOVE this skirt and always get compliments on it.
  • I have yet to find the perfect black cardigan. So many wrong ones out there!
Total outfit cost: $112 (This might be my most expensive outfit! I bought the skirt aspirationally when I was first losing weight even though it was way too expensive for my pocketbook. But, I really do love it.)

Of Special Note: It's hard to put my huge amount of dreadlocks in braids but I finally figured how to do it (it only took ten years!).


Saturday May 7 2011 - Cardigans are so preppy! I love that, onaccountof I'm from the eighties. Weekends at the inn means dressing-ish plus errands. So....

  • Orange Ann Taylor twin set, $7
  • CAbi blue, brown and orange plaid skirt with a little sweetiepie ruffle at the hem, $4
  • Brown mid-calf Dingo boots, $20
  • Gold/pearl chain necklace, $1
Not thrifted:
  • Brown tights, Target, $5
  • This Belt is a Shoe-In (brown horse-themed belt), ModCloth, $26
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Brown boots, brown tights, maybe too much brown.
  • A little bit too matchy matchy. Not sure how to fix that.
Total outfit cost: $63 (what is it with me and belts upping my outfit costs?)


Friday May 6, 2011 - Just another day at the office, kind of. I work from my inn on Fridays whenever possible. (Oh yeah, the mister and I own an inn). The rest of the time I work in the Big City or am traveling (for my Real Job).

Working from the inn is basically working from home - in this case, it's the crap 80s mobile home we live in when we're at the inn. For some people, working from home means working in your jams and slippers, but since I will stop working my day job at 5:00pm and begin hosting happy hour at 5:01pm for the inn guests, that means I dress for the day. I like to be a little bit in costume - our inn is sort of vintage-y/retro-y and I like to fit the part.

  • Black skirt, BeCoolBeCoolBeCool brand (?) $4
  • Square necked random tshirt $2
  • Dick & Jayne sequined cardigan $7
  • Chunky heeled mid calf boots with criss cross stitching on the sides $7
  • Vintage jewel-y clip-ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Black lacey tights from target $7
What I changed after seeing this photo:
  • I added a non-thrifted thin gold belt from anthropologie. I felt like I needed more of a waist (now that I actually have one). $28
Total outfit cost: $57.00 (dang that belt bumping up the price!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Before and after

Everyone digs this shit. This is me before the weight loss and after.

Cool, right? I know.

I never felt this fat. I felt fine. Go figure.

In the after photos, I was all gussied up for a wedding and wearing a dress that I haven't been able to zip up for more than 15 years. The leopard velvet bows belonged to my mother. My dreadlocks are all up in their fanciest style.

One more, from the side:

My Life in Cardigans

On August 1, 2010, I started a diet (Medifast, if you want to know).

As of today, I have lost 96 pounds. I am planning for those pounds to stay lost, along with about four more. (Mostly so that I can say I lost 100 pounds.)

Even having lost nearly 100 pounds, I am not thin. Not slender. Not skinny. Nope. But, I am not obese anymore. I am just your average overweight person. But, perfectly and absolutely satisfied with my body.

Before I lost the weight, I wore about a size 20 or 22. I shopped at the big lady store at Macy's and at Torrid, Hot Topic's online store for large sizes. I would buy a couple hundred dollars worth of clothes every couple months. I was healthy and happy.

Life was good, so why lose weight? Well, continuing to gain weight was really not an option. Also, I would like to live forever.

Now, I wear a size 12 or 10. And I've been shopping. OH CRAP. I HAVE REALLLLLLY BEEN SHOPPING.

I quickly discovered that I could shop at thrift stores and find not just okay clothes but amazing clothes. Which is good because my budget cannot, cannot, cannot afford new clothes. I'm perplexed why everyone doesn't shop at thrift stores actually. I mean, when I was fat(ter), it was hard to find clothes that I liked. So I never did. But now? Now? Now I find so much. Maybe it will slow down once I've bought every single thing in the universe. The thing is, I never even knew I *liked* clothes and shopping.

Now I'm kind of committed to this whole gig: I'm proud to say I wear almost 100% thrifted clothes. Not my underbits. And not tights. But pretty much everything else!

But because I've lost all this weight, I'm not entirely clear on what looks good on me. My sweet mister is no help (his comments are just sort of random and kind). And I work primarily with people 20 years younger than me who look freaking adorable every day naturally and I might as well be their grandma. So, I started taking a picture of every outfit so I could figure out what was working and what looked stupid.

What else? I am 45. Married, dogs for kids. Real Job. Crafty. Lots of fun times. Busy as heck. Live in Northern California.

I wear a cardigan almost every day.